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Frequently Asked Questions

General FAQs

Am I required to attend orientation?
What is the New Student Fee?
What should I bring with me to orientation?
Where should I send my immunization records?
What AP, IB and CLEP tests are accepted at the College?
How should I prepare for advising and registration?
May family members participate in orientation?
Does the Office of New Student Programs provide campus tours?
When do classes begin?
When do residence halls open?
When do I pay for tuition?
How do I reserve a room in the residence hall for the semester?
How do I reserve a parking space for the semester?
What meal plans does the College of Charleston offer?
How do I get my Cougar Card (College of Charleston ID)?
How do I set up a mailbox on campus?
How do I set up an e-mail account through the College of Charleston?
Why should I use my College of Charleston e-mail account?
Do I need to take a computer for my room at the College?
What athletic and recreational facilities/services are available?
What student organizations and clubs are offered by the College?

Placement Test FAQs

Will I take a math placement test at orientation?
How am I placed in French?
How am I placed in German?
How am I placed in Latin? 
How am I placed in Spanish?
If I am a transfer student, how am I placed in foreign language?   
What if I took a foreign language other than Spanish, French, German or Latin in high school and wish to be tested?


Am I required to attend Orientation?

Yes. Attendance is expected from approximately 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. both days. Non-traditional students who call our office as directed will be assigned express schedules during one of the orientation sessions.

Incoming students who are not able to attend orientation must register after orientation ends, during the late registration period.

What is the New Student fee?
The new student fee of $100.00 is required and charged to all newly admitted, degree-seeking and readmitted students and due with your tuition in August(students starting in the fall) or January (students starting in the spring). The New Student Program fee is nonrefundable. This fee covers the costs associated with processing your orientation reservation, student staff salary, course registration, and advising activities.

What should I bring with me to orientation?

  • pen and paper
  • valid driver's license or some other form of government issued picture ID
  • College wide ID number
  • spending money
  • alarm clock and bedding (if staying in the residence hall)
  • MyCharleston log in and password (letters not numbers)
  • e-mail sign in and password
  • umbrella
  • comfortable clothes/shoes
  • sweater or sweatshirt (sometimes the classrooms can be chilly)

Where should I send my health history and immunization record forms?
Send your completed forms to:
Student Health Services
College of Charleston
Charleston, SC 29424

Please do not send any health or immunization information to the Office of New Student Programs.

Visit the Student Health Services website or call 843.953.5520 for immunization requirements.

What AP, IB and CLEP tests are accepted at the college?
The list of AP, IB and CLEP tests accepted at the College can be found on the Office of Admissions website.

How should I prepare for advising and registration?
Visit the Academic Advising and Planning Center website. Review the list of general education requirements, and also the major degree worksheets if you have already decided on a major. This will give you an idea of the type of coursework needed to meet graduation requirements and help you begin to develop an academic plan. The advising process is most effective when you have an academic plan before meeting with an advisor, and when you play an active role in making decisions about course selection.

To view a list of the current available courses, visit the Course Listing online provided by the Office of the Registrar. This link gives an accurate listing of courses and seats available, along with dates, times and locations of class meetings. You will not need to sign in with a password to view this listing, and you will not be able to register for classes before Orientation.
What should I know about transfer credits?

The Registrar's Office reviews all transfer students' transcripts to determine transfer course eligibility.

Transcripts from all previous colleges and universities should be sent to:

Registrar's Office
The College of Charleston
66 George St.
Charleston, SC 29424-0001

If you have transfer credits that have not been finalized, you may visit the Registrar's Office (on the 2nd floor of the Lightsey Center) in your free time during orientation. You will need to bring a course catalog description or syllabus from those courses. For more information about transfer credits, visit the Registrar's Office website or call 843.953.5668.

May family members participate in orientation?
There is a separate two-day program for adult family members that runs concurrently with the new student orientation sessions. Information will be sent to all new students admitted for the next semester. See Family Orientation page for additional details.

During the Family Orientation Program, there are information sessions designed especially for family members, as well as sessions that families may attend with their students. However, because of space limitations and other concerns, several of the student sessions such as academic advising and registration must be attended by students only.

Does the Office of New Student Programs provide campus tours?
The Office of New Student Programs provides tours for participants during orientation only. Prospective students and others interested in campus tours should contact the Office of Admissions at 843.953.5670 to schedule an appointment for a tour.

When do classes begin?
To view the academic calendars, visit the Registrar's Office calendar and important dates web page.

When do residence halls open?
Refer to your assigned date and time emailed to you by the Campus Housing office. Call 843.953.2015 if you have housing questions.

When do I pay for tuition?
Paper bills are not mailed to students or parents. All billing will be done electronically. E-Bill notification will be sent to all student e-mail accounts and any e-mail accounts authorized by the student.

It is the student's responsibility to set-up the authorized users for their account or to forward the billing statement to the responsible payer.

A payment plan may be arranged through the treasurer's office. Bills will vary from student to student depending on individual course selection, housing arrangements, labs, participation in various activities and other factors.

For information regarding tuition and fees and payment plans, visit the Office of the Treasurer or call 843.953.5572.

How do I reserve a room in the residence hall for the semester?
After you complete the enrollment confirmation process with the Office of Admissions information about on-campus housing will be mailed to you. Complete the online application and pay fees to the Campus Housing office as soon as possible. Space is limited and a room assignment cannot be guaranteed. Visit the Office of Campus Housing website or call 843.953.2015 for further details.

How do I reserve a parking space for the semester?
College of Charleston parking spaces are assigned and paid for one semester in advance. Student parking lot selection priority is based on the student's cumulative credit hours earned and on file in the Office of the Registrar.

*Due to the limited availability of parking spaces, students living in campus housing with less than 60 cumulative credit hours earned and on file in the Office of the Registrar are not eligible to apply for on-campus parking. Please contact the Office of Parking Services for a listing of alternative parking spaces leased to students of the College of Charleston.

Contact the  Office of Parking Services at 843.953.7834 for additional details.

What meal plans does the College of Charleston offer?

Contact the Office of Dining Services at 843.953.5539 for information on next semester's meal plan options.

How do I get my Cougar Card (College of Charleston ID)? 

Students who submit their photo prior to orientation will pick up their Cougar Card during check-in on the first day of orientation. For more information on online photo submission click here. Students that do not submit their photo prior to orientation should visit Cougar Card Services on Calhoun Street next to Chick-fil-A to have their ID made.  You may do this during your free time during orientation.

 Contact Cougar Card Services at 843.953.1100 for additional questions.

How do I set up a mailbox on campus?
Contact the Office of Mail Services at 843.953.5534, or stop by their office located on the first floor of the parking garage on St. Philip St. just across from McAlister Hall.

How do I set up an e-mail account through the College of Charleston?
Admitted students will find a link to e-mail account information on MyCharleston. Students will be emailed their log in information to the email they used on their application after their tuition deposit is paid. 

Why should I use my College of Charleston e-mail account?
You will be sent important information regarding the College through your College of Charleston e-mail account only. In addition, some professors e-mail course assignments and other information only to students' College accounts.

For more information on the Cmail system, go to the student email section of the student computing blog. 

Do I need to take a computer for my room at the College?
The College of Charleston does not require that each student own a personal computer. Although not necessary, you may find it more convenient to use your own computer.

Students living in a College residence hall have access to Campus ResNet, a highspeed Internet service, at no charge. All students, whether they live on or off campus, can use the computers in Addlestone Library and the 24-hour study facility in the Education Center.

Visit the Student Computing Blog for details on system requirements, computer lab hours and the student e-mail system, etc.

What athletic and recreational facilities/services are available?
The F. Mitchell Johnson Physical Education Center and the Willard Silcox Physical Education and Health Center (both located near the corner of George and Meeting Sts.) feature basketball, volleyball, badminton and racquetball courts, as well as dance and weight-training rooms, an indoor running track, classrooms, performance laboratories, and departmental offices.

The George Street Fitness Center (located on the 1st floor of Campus Center Apartments) includes dumbbells, more than 10,000 lbs. of weight plates, 28 weight machines, 50 cardio machines, including treadmills, bikes and elliptical steppers, 8 power racks and 4 bench press benches, Group exercise room and fitness classes and programs such as Zumba and CougarFit.

The John Kresse Court in the TD Arena offers seating for 5,000 spectators in intercollegiate contests and other College functions.

Soccer, softball, and baseball teams practice and compete at the Patriots Point Athletics Complex in Mount Pleasant.

The Campus Recreation Services program is designed to provide a variety of activities that contribute to the overall health and well-being of the College community. Intramural sports, sports clubs, open recreation and fitness and instructional programs are offered.

What student organizations and clubs are offered by the College?
There are over 150 special interest clubs and organizations on campus. Visit the Office of Student Life to view a complete listing. If you have an interest that is not represented by one of our organizations, you may request to start your own organization by contacting the Office of Student Life at 843.953.5726.

Placement Testing FAQ

Will I take a math placement test at orientation?

 All students (freshman and transfer) must take the math placement test.

Students must complete the math placement test online at least two weeks before they attend orientation and meet with an academic advisor. Please be aware that failure to take the test before orientation will delay your registration.

Taking the test

You can view the instructions about taking the test on the mathematics department website.  If you do not have access to a computer at your home, please note that the test can be taken on any public computer such as those at a public library or the college you are currently attending.

How am I placed in French?  

You do not take a placement test. Instead, you are placed according to the number of years of high school French you have taken. You can find more information about placement testing at the Department of French and Francophone studies website.

How am I placed in German?  

You do not take a placement test. Instead, you are placed according to the number of years of high school German you have taken. You can find more information about placement testing at the Department of German and Russian Studies website.

How am I placed in Latin?

You do not take a placement test. Instead, you are placed according to the number of years of high school Latin you have taken and the last year you completed the class. You can find more information about placement testing at the Department of Classics website.

How am I placed in Spanish?

You do not take a placement test. Instead, you are placed according to the number of years of high school Spanish you have taken. You can find more information about placement testing at the Department of Hispanic Studies website.

If I'm a transfer student, how am I placed in a foreign language?

Transfer students who are transferring fewer than 12 credit hours in a single foreign language (the College foreign language minimum requirement) will continue taking that language at the next level. For example, a student transfers credit to the College for French 101, so he registers for French 102.

Transfer students who transfer foreign language credit hours to the College from another institution, but wish to begin a different language at the College that they did not take in high school or college, will not need to take a foreign language placement test. They will begin in the language of their choice at the 101 level.

What if I took a foreign language other than Spanish, French, German or Latin in high school and wish to be tested?
Arrangements can also be made for individual assessment in Arabic, Chinese, Ancient Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese and Russian. These arrangements often need to wait until students and faculty are back on campus during the school year. For a placement evaluation in one of these languages, please contact:

For Arabic: Dr. Ghazi Abuhakema. E-mail: abuhakemag@cofc.edu

For Chinese: Dr. Piotr Gibas. E-mail: gibaspp@cofc.edu

For Greek: Dr. James Newhard. E-mail: newhardj@cofc.edu

For Hebrew:  please refer to Hebrew Placement testing website for contact

For Italian: Dr. Giovanna DeLuca. E-mail: delucag@cofc.edu

For Japanese: Dr. Yoshiki Chikuma. E-mail: chikumay@cofc.edu

For Portuguese: Dr. Mark Del Mastro. E-mail: delmastromp@cofc.edu

For Russian: Dr. Morgan Koerner. E-mail: koernerm@cofc.edu